The words "you have cancer" can be devastating to hear. You may feel angry, sad and helpless. Knowledge of your treatment options, resources and support can empower you and restore a sense of hope.
Cancer Information Center
The John F. Krey III Cancer Information Center is here for you. We bring better health through education, early detection and support for cancer patients. Our team of oncology-certified nurses, a dietician, and an oncology social worker help thousands of people each year.
Ways we can help:
- Develop questions for patients to discuss with their physicians and assist them in interpreting that information if needed.
- Resources for insurance, disability and financial assistance
- Emotional support and crisis intervention
- Transportation and other resources
- Wigs, hats and turbans
- Review of diagnosis and steps to plan of care
- Nutrition consultation
- Body, mind and spirit resources.
To reach the Cancer Information Center, please call 314-251-6400
We help people understand their risk of developing a disease or passing it on to a child. Genetic counseling sometimes helps with decisions about medical treatments. It can help you understand and prepare for the psychological or family impacts of a disease.
Whether genetic testing results are positive or negative, they can be very helpful. A negative test may bring you relief. Positive results allow you to make better-informed decisions about your future, including steps to reduce your cancer risk.
Your mind and spirit have equal importance to your body. Our patient-centered approach includes listening to you and your family so we can understand what’s important. We need to understand your goals for further treatment as you live with your disease.
Palliative care’s focus is on managing and/or relieving the underlying symptoms of disease. This requires a team with many specialists because patients and families require different support at different times during their illness. We work to care for you with dignity and respect for your individuality and wishes. We develop an individualized, complete plan to meet your needs.
Your care team will include:
- A physician champion who is palliative-care trained.
- Nurses who work to manage pain and symptoms, resolve medication issues, sit with patients and participate in family meetings.
- Social workers to provide resources and counseling.
- Pastoral care to meet the spiritual needs of you and your family. This sets us apart as Catholic ministry.
- Pharmacists to manage and advise on medicine and dosing requirements.
- Nutrition services staff to create your nutritional plan if you are struggling with calorie intake. They are often crucial members of the team because of swallowing issues, nausea and weight loss.
- Volunteers to bring information and music to patients, sit with them when the family is unable to be present and make follow up calls for them.
Oncology Patient Navigators: 314-251-6400
The Oncology Patient Navigators help patients through every step of detection and diagnosis. She is a resource for guidance, support, and answers.
Patients and families rely on the Oncology Patient Navigators for:
- Education, advocacy and guidance to create understanding and make decisions.
- Emotional support.
- Coordination of appointments with physician specialists or at Mercy Breast Center for breast cancer patients.
- Connecting specialists and resources within Mercy Cancer Services.
- Clarifying medical terminology.
Mercy STAR Program®Cancer Rehab: 636-256-7827
One of Mercy's programs for cancer survivors is its STAR program® for cancer rehab. This program helps cancer survivors get back on their feet, both physically and mentally. For a cancer patient, treatment may cause pain, fatigue and disability. Through our cancer rehab program, Mercy helps a patient heal by improving his or her physical, emotional and spiritual outlook. For more information on the STAR program, visit this website.